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Whether or not sinners may gain salvation without reading the Scriptures is the topic, today.  The holy writings are as excellent as every other spiritual gift from divinity (e.g., apostles, discernment, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, tongues) because they are not simply about GOD, they are by and from GOD.  Correctly understood, the holy writings are a device GOD uses to impart spirit substance to the living.  Operations carried out by the Spirit of GOD serve in a sacred process of revelation whereby the character, nature, eternal purpose, and substance of divinity are made knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.  Mature Christian believers usually agree that the Bible is a divine tool to be taken seriously by every repentant sinner, for the Scriptures document the active presence of divinity upon the earth and within the heaven using thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  Specifically, the full gospel of Jesus Christ is presented there along with much of the sacred knowledge required to maintain ones lifestyle as a new creation through the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answer” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is it true you can never enter the Kingdom of Heaven if you’ve never read The Bible?

Most people don’t even read the Bible and most people are going to hell

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  (2nd Peter 1:  2-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Best Starting Point (09/13/2016); Church Attendance and Inheritance (09/11/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); On Doing Good Deeds (02/02/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); Starting From Scratch? (07/08/2015); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, every sinner is called (recruited) to do their own part within a full work from GOD.  Christian believers are to accept the holy writings as an authoritative source for correct sacred knowledge appearing through such features as divine commandments, examples from life experience, required expectations (we say, hope), guidance, instruction, terms for covenant relationship, divine law, official proclamations from divinity, promises, and prophecy in the form of comfort, demonstrations, edification, and exhortation.  The Scriptures serve as the framework for sacred structure within the life of a believer, and are to convey and impart spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Included are awe (we say, fear of the Lord, reverence), faith, holiness, humility, divine love, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  With this in view, the Scriptures are an appearance of GOD using physical form (i.e., incarnation).  Through disciplined and regular study of the Scriptures, believers are to develop discernment (i.e., the ability to apply ones own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to the same spirit content as it appears in events, oneself, other persons, messages and statements, etc.).  Even so, salvation does not result by our simply reading a book.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 13:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

(2.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(3.)  Matthew 7:  21-23, KJV:  21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Points are shared, today, on having correct sacred knowledge through one’s own spirit content.  To say, “use your brain to know…” is no different than saying, “use your elbow, your right hand, your flesh to know” the things that are genuinely from GOD.  For Christian believers, the source for spiritual knowledge, like the weapons of spiritual warfare, must be faith, righteousness, truth and other manifestations of divine spirit, rather than the products of finite tools for academic study, intellect, logic, reason, and science.  The expectation and focus of a believer a believer in Jesus Christ (we say, hope) becomes those things revealed and maintained by the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  Thus, it is written:  2nd Corinthians 5:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:  7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “daniel” (Level 2 with 378 points, a member since February 13, 2007) posted the following: 

 

Use your brain to know that islam is not from the God of the Bible and come out of it. Have you read the Bible to know the 1 true God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out:  and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God:  and I will write upon him my new name.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:  I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  (Revelation 3:  11-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Can GOD Give Life? (08/14/2016); (The Testimony From Jesus 08/05/2016); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016); Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); Carnal Needs, Sacred Tools? (03/26/2015)

 

“daniel”, many mature Christian believers will encourage you to say, “Use the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD to know the meaning and value of the many doctrines and teachings that pertain to life.”  The need is for sacred instead of carnal and secular knowledge that come by operations of the flesh (e.g., intellect, logic, reason, science) anchored in appetite, sensation (hearing, smelling, tasting, etc.) or emotions/mental functions such as anger, fear, imagination, and recall.  The Bible becomes important as a source of spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Believers are to develop discernment (ability to use one’s own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to spirit content appearing within covenants, events, gifts, messages, oneself, other persons, prophecy, etc. 

Sinners through the inheritance from Adam must receive a fresh endowment of Spirit from GOD.  There must be “baptism” (death of the inborn spirit, “rebirth” from divine DNA, so to speak).  As children of GOD, and offspring to divinity, sinners are permanently changed, for they receive inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, forgiveness, holiness, joy, peace, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  “Born again” they must “grow up again” meeting life challenges upon the earth, and becoming ripe (we say, mature) for harvest by Christ at his coming.

Using the views generated through our physical form, material world, and social milieu, “faith” is little more than an expression of one’s individual desires, lusts, and private opinions.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 2:  9-14, King James Version (KJV):  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(2.)  Romans 8:  13-17, KJV:  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:  but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

I share some ideas, today, on the various creation stories that feature Adam and Eve, on divine revelation through utterance (the Word), and on the accuracy of a believer’s sacred knowledge.  A reader at thoughts.com requested I share my understanding of what are found by many to be conflicting and confusing accounts of Creation from the holy writings.  In accordance with the faith from GOD deposited within me, there are no contradictions or errors within the Scriptures.  GOD is a spirit, and we must worship him in spirit and in truth.  Saying the Scriptures are “the word of GOD,” we say, the Scriptures are put forth by a spirit.  The Scriptures, therefore, must be understood through spirit content, spirit process, and spirit substance.  When taken as a product of flesh (carnal, material, social beings), the Scriptures display multiple patterns and similarities among the accounts found there that some will attribute to human characteristics, human error, and human nature.  While there are multiple ways to apply, explain and relate the information shared through sacred documents only a narrow band of these acknowledge, describe and demonstrate divine consciousness, holiness, and eternal purpose.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  (1st John 4:  12-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Express the Fullness of GOD? (07/09/2015); The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015); Getting It Right About Angels (05/10/2015); Those Who Read? (02/17/2015); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); The Male, the Female, and GOD (02/09/2014); Destroying the Resurrected Body? (02/10/2014); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012)

 

Many seek to read and study the holy writings as a narrative using chronological order, and having a beginning, a middle, and an end.  However, the intent and process of divinity is one of introducing permanent change and transformation of ones spirit content.  While the narrative can be absorbing, rich, and riveting, it is incidental and minor.  The narrative is only a device to foster spiritual focus (we say, attention), and generate an appetite for genuine sacred power.  Those who hear, who understand, and who submit to Christ are to be used as living stones for a spiritual house of GOD upon the earth.  Those in error, who want to introduce other architectural plans and blueprints, fantasies, and vulgar notions of beauty and symmetry also are willing to use foreign materials and non-biblical resources they have seen others display in houses and structures to promote philosophy, science, technology and the world.  Christian believers are challenged to operate having a new consciousness of GOD that is to gradually overcome their inner process that now upholds continuing arbitrary differences, complacency, denial, digression, inconsistency, irregularity, and straying from the path of righteousness. 

The Holy Spirit has encouraged me to understand that the books of Moses and other scriptures (e.g., Proverbs) have been developed from collections of oral histories and tribal legacies along with ancient ceremonies, mysteries (i.e., special knowledge shared only with those initiated), practices, rites, and rituals provided by divinity for a priesthood upon the earth.  Such facts as dates or names of persons, places, and bodies of water may have had more than one spelling, may have been lost, and may have become different from local group to local group among the tribes of Jacob that were challenged to escape assimilation and genocide within Egypt as a cosmopolitan empire.  In addition to introducing civil code (we say, a formal system for recording and publishing legal statutes) with a written covenant and ceremonial law, Moses began the work to transform the diverse tribesmen and a raw multitude into a polished nation before GOD.

Because our study is to gain knowledge about the attributes, character, nature, and power of the Creator and Savior who is divine, the Bible allows believers to discover and realize the existence of GOD as divinity appearing through thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  So to speak, readers are provided a divine listening post and point of view where even the feelings and private thoughts of others are audible and visible.  Quotations and references to things spoken by others do not have to be by-the-letter, exact, and word-for-word.  It is the gist, and intent that must be conveyed.  Where multiple accounts appear, their effect is to be additive (edification; more information is being supplied through distinctive details).  The goal is not to have the peace that comes by arrogance, ignorance, neglect, presumption, or self-importance.  Rather, it is to acquire balance, certainty, fullness, maturity, peace of mind, and stability.

Information that seems absent or missing from Scripture accounts, in fact, are supplied through operations of the Holy Spirit.  Many of the facts that appear within the Bible are in the nature of abbreviations, suggestions, and a vocabulary intended to provide possible approaches, examples, guidelines, outlines for understanding, general principles, and useful terms; and are not to serve as an accurate and exact compendium of all sacred knowledge that a believer must rely upon for all truth.  Thus, there is no list naming all the children born to Adam and Eve; and, while the Egyptian name given to Joseph appears, such names do not appear for his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh.  There is much that can be dealt with as secular knowledge irrelevant to ones continuing in faith.  For this reason, readers should receive peculiar translations and versions of the Bible as aides and tools, never as idols and mandates. The reader’s need is less for accurate and exhaustive data, an ability to recall and recite obscure details of esoteric information, or the skill to amuse and entertain as would a court storyteller.  The divine intent is to provide information that lifts and maintains awareness on a cosmic scale for comprehension, discernment, exchange and revelation.

Revelation is accomplished by divinity acting to show or speaking to provide new and otherwise hidden perception as well as by reconfiguring consciousness to establish fresh comprehension or insight.  The process of divinity for salvation even includes groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26, KJV).  Sacred knowledge is not solely by the finite and mechanical operations of intellect (we say, logic, reason) or sense (e.g., seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting) within created beings and living creatures.  Flesh must be overshadowed by living Spirit.

There is much more I could say that readers should carefully consider and spiritually internalize.  (For example, for the sake of completeness, the things revealed through the Scriptures also must address preexistence, the conditions and events before the creation of heaven and earth.  Yet, how much must believers know for their salvation and eternal life established through grace, by faith?  It is consistent with conceptions of divinity as having all authority, knowledge, and power that Deity should exist being immortal and sovereign as well.  Additionally, that GOD would breathe and impart substance permanently existing within divine person into figures and forms set apart to become living souls is no less appropriate as a clear and legitimate explanation for the origins of human life than the acknowledgment that mankind is an outcome of operations by an exalted will to complete deliberate, directed action upon an object composed and constructed within the divine mind.  Where we trust GOD to have given us the answers we need through the Bible, we stop asking questions to get the answers we don’t need.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC